Stanford Softball Opens WCWS Play Against UCLA

May 24, 2004

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Cardinal Make Second CWS Appearance: The sixth-ranked Stanford softball team (47-17, 13-8 Pac-10), will be making their second appearance at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla, when they open with No. 4 UCLA (43-9, 12-8 Pac-10) on Thursday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m CT at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Stanford, the seventh seed overall, is joined in Oklahoma City by No. 1 seed Oklahoma, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 seed LSU, No. 4 seed Florida State, No. 5 seed California, No. 6 seed Michigan, and No. 8 seed Washington.

Michigan, LSU, and UCLA are in Stanford's half of the bracket to begin play. The WCWS is an eight team, double-elimination tournament (Note: The championship final is a single-game final.) The WCWS is conducted May 27-31 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The Cardinal went 2-2 in their last trip to the CWS in 2001 (LSU, W, 2-1; UCLA, L, 0-5; California, W, 1-0; Arizona, L, 0-1).

NCAA Regional Wrap Up: The Cardinal went 4-1 in the Region 7 NCAA Regional, defeating Hofstra, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon for a trip to the CWS. Stanford defeated Utah (1-0), Pacific (7-2) and Hofstra (7-1) to advance through the winner's bracket. The Pride defeated the Cardinal, 1-0, on Sunday to force a deciding game at 3:30 p.m Stanford rebounded to win, 3-1, in the second game. Junior first baseman Leah Nelson hit .500 for the weekend with a team-leading six RBI while sophomore shortstop Lauren Lappin hit .438 with five runs scored. Freshman leftfielder Jackie Rinehart hit .421 with a team-leading eight hits while senior catcher Jessica Allister hit .400 with five RBI. Righthander Dana Sorensen went 4-1 with a 0.86 ERA in 32.2 innings of work with 51 strikeouts.

Region 7 All-Tournament Team: Junior Leah Nelson, senior Jessica Allister, and freshman Jackie Rinehart were named to the NCAA Region 7 All-Tournament team while senior Dana Sorensen was named MVP.

About UCLA: Stanford will see a familiar face when it takes on UCLA (43-9) on Thursday afternoon ... The two teams have met three times this season with the Bruins winning two-of-three ... The Cardinal defeated UCLA, 1-0, in Los Angeles ... The Bruins defeated Stanford, 6-2, and ,7-1, in Stanford ... They are coached by Sue Enquist ... UCLA beat Alabama, 7-0, in the championship game of Region 2 to advance to the CWS ... They have won their last nine consecutive games ... They are led by Caitlin Benyi (.395/22 HR/39 RBI) and Stephanie Ramos (.361/35 R/12 HR) .... In the circle, Keira Goerl is 27-7 with a 1.05 ERA and 254 strikeouts on the year ... The Bruins hold a 29-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinal ... The two teams met in 2001 at the CWS with UCLA defeating Stanford, 5-0 (5/25/01).

Wrapping Up Pac-10 Play: The Stanford softball team finished 13-8 in conference play this season, tying for second behind Arizona (17-3). The second place finish is the best finish in school history while the 13 wins are the most in the modern 21-game league schedule, besting the previous high of 11 wins in 2001.

2004 Pacific All-Region Team: Stanford was well represented on the '04 Pacific All-Region team. Pitcher Dana Sorensen and shortstop Lauren Lappin were first-team selections while catcher Jessica Allister, along with outfielders, Catalina Morris and Jackie Rinehart were second-team picks.

Pac-10 All-Conference Teams Announced: Five Stanford players earned all-conference honors in 2004. Dana Sorensen, Lauren Lappin and Jessica Allister were first-team selections while Catalina Morris was a second-team pick. Freshman Jackie Rinehart was tabbed an honorable mention.

The Last Time...: LSU and California were both Cardinal opponents at the 2001 CWS ... Stanford defeated the Tigers, 2-1 (4/24/01) that year and beat the Golden Bears, 1-0 (5/26/01).

Sorensen Rewrites Cardinal Record Book: Senior pitcher Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) continues to leave her mark on the Cardinal record book. Sorensen holds the school record for career victories with 102 and career strikeouts with 1,140. She also holds the top three spots for lowest ERA in a single season. Her 1,140 K's ranks third in the Pac-10 in career strikeouts surpassing Arizona's Jennie Finch who has 1,028. Sorensen became only the fourth pitcher in conference history to reach 1,000 K's and the 21st nationally. She is 32-10 on the year with a 1.37 ERA and a team-leading 344 strikeouts. Her 32 wins in 2004 as well as her 344 K's breaks the records on the Cardinal single-season list. She is one of only 26 NCAA pitchers nationally to surpass 1,000 strikeouts for a career.

All-Time Vs. ...: California leads the all-time series with Stanford, 24-13 ... The Golden Bears took 2-of-3 from the Cardinal this year (L, 3-5; W, 1-0; W, 6-0) ... Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford, 24-12 ... The Cardinal swept all three games versus the Huskies in 2004 (W, 12-9; W, 3-2; W, 5-1) ... Stanford leads the all-time series with LSU, 2-1 ... The last meeting between the two squads was at the CWS in 2001 ... Michigan leads the all-time series with Stanford, 3-2 ... The last meeting between the two schools was in 2001 at the Campbell/Cartier Classic as the Cardinal won , 2-1 ... This will be the first meeting for Stanford and Oklahoma ... Stanford is 1-0 against Florida State - the two squads faced off in 1998.

Catch Me If You Can: In 64 games this season, the Cardinal are 62 of 83 in stolen bases with junior outfielder Katherine Hoffman leading the team with 18 on the year. Jackie Rinehart has 13 and Catalina Morris has 12. Nine different players have at least one stolen base on the Stanford team. Hoffman's 18 stolen bases puts her fourth in the Cardinal single season record book while Rinehart's 13 ties for fifth.

This and That: With their 47 wins in 2004, the Cardinal have posted their seventh consecutive 40-win season ... Jessica Allister's 212 career hits ranks fifth in the Cardinal record books ... Jackie Rinehart and Lauren Lappin lead the team with 20 multiple hit games ... Allister tops on the squad with 13 mulitiple RBI games ... Stanford is 11-2 in night games this season ... Rinehart has occupied the lead-off spot in the lineup in all 64 games for the Cardinal ... Sorensen is one of six Pac-10 pitchers this year to record a no-hitter ... Leah Nelson's current seven-game hitting streak is her longest on the season ... Allister's 159 career RBI ranks third on The Farm.

Notes From The Dugout: Jessica Allister's 31 career homers ranks second in the Stanford record book ... Freshman Jackie Rinehart leads the team with 75 hits (ranks fifth for a single season on The Farm) ... Sophomore Catalina Morris six triples this season breaks the school record for triples in a single season (her career total is now eight, which ties her for third in career triples on The Farm) ... The Cardinal have outscored its opponents 234-122 ... Morris also leads the team in hit by pitches with eight ... The Cardinal have outscored its opponents 46-16 in the first inning ... Senior pitcher Dana Sorensen leads the staff with a 1.37 ERA and is 32-10 in the circle with team-leading five saves ... Stanford has posted 24 shutouts this season ... The Cardinal have played 15 games where they have collected 10 or more hits (season high was 15 vs. Pacific, 5/21) ... Morris leads the team with 49 runs scored (ranks fifth for a single season at Stanford) ... Jackie Rinehart is on a six-game hitting streak.

John Rittman Tabbed Pac-10 Coach Of The Year: Cardinal head coach John Rittman, now in his eighth year on The Farm, was named the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Rittman guided Stanford to its best Pac-10 finish in school history this season as they tied for second. He will be an assistant coach for the 2004 USA Softball team, set to compete in the Athens Summer Olympics. Rittman has compiled a 343-167-1 overall record at Stanford. He has led the Cardinal to seven consecutive NCAA postseason appearances (including two CWS stints) during his tenure and seven consecutive 40 win seasons.

Top That...: The Stanford softball squad will once again face one of the toughest schedules in the nation as all eight conference teams are ranked in the preseason top 25. Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top five (UCLA, California, Arizona, Washington). In addition, the Cardinal will take on #6 Alabama, #16 CS Fullerton, #21 Fresno State and #22 Oklahoma State.

Lappin Tabbed Alternate For 2004 USA Softball Team: Sophomore Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) was one of three alternates chosen for the 2004 USA Softball Team set to compete in Athens, Greece this summer at the '04 Summer Olympic Games. The 19-year-old Lappin makes her first appearance among the national team ranks. During the 2003 season, the shortstop/catcher led the USA Softball Elite squad to the gold medal at the Canada Cup and a sweep of Olympic bronze medalist Australia in the Pacific Challenge.

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